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NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The Virginia Department of Health is asking for funding to hire 100 new employees to enforce COVID-19 rules. “If we get this new staff … will be solely tasked with enforcing the executive orders and educating the public...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The U.S. Justice Department is demanding sweeping changes at Hampton Roads Regional Jail, where at least 22 people have died in custody since 2015. The department filed a consent decree in federal court that, if approved, will require the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.•Tropical Storm Isaias pummeled parts of Hampton Roads, leaving more than 300,000 temporarily without power and damaging storefronts, churches and homes in areas where officials suspect tornadoes touched down.—The Virginian-Pilot• UVA delayed the beginning of in-person classes two weeks, citing...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• A Richmond judge imposed a new 90-day injunction blocking Gov. Ralph Northam from removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. In a hearing Monday, the judge dismissed a claim filed by an heir to the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.•  Republican lawmakers have filed legislation to try to curb the governor's emergency powers in times of crisis by forcing the executive branch to get legislative approval for long-term policies. "I know that a dictatorship is very efficient, but...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The state's watchdog agency says it has "substantiated" allegations against the Virginia Parole Board amid concerns that victims' families haven't been properly notified about plans to release violent offenders. But officials redacted almost the entire report and the Northam administration...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginia's U.S. senators have asked federal health officials for assistance dealing with a coronavirus outbreak at a privately run immigrant detention facility in Farmville. — Washington Post• Two Virginia mental health hospitals have temporarily halted...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• George Floyd's relatives visited Richmond to view a hologram memorial created in his honor and displayed at the Robert E. Lee statue. "Right now, right here, this is a beautiful scene," said one of his brothers.—Washington Post • A...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The Richmond City Council voted on several police reform measures, taking steps toward establishing a civilian review board and improving mental health responses. But the council overwhelmingly rejected a resolution some saw as a move toward defunding police.—Richmond...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• A weekend protest march in Richmond turned destructive as attendees clashed with police, lit a dump truck on fire and damaged several businesses and VCU buildings. The event was advertised as a show of solidarity with like-minded demonstrators squaring off against federal...